14th Annual




Peterborough Examiner

JUNE 2, 2016


Business Woman of the Year

by Joanne Culley Gwyneth James is a community builder who sees so much potential in Peterborough, she has invested in a new building for her company Cody & James CPAs and has taken on the challenge of being the Volunteer Chair of the 2016 United Way campaign. Every year for the seven years they?ve been in business, James and her partner Suzanne Cody have been expanding, to the point where they ran out of space. In 2014 they purchased a lot and designed and built a bright new 4500 sq. ft. building at 260 Milroy Drive. Cody & James CPAs has the largest unit with the other two tenants Denise Vallee & Associates and HRS Group in the other two units, all on one floor. ?Our team of s e v e n employees, which grows to nine employees at tax time, now has enough space in which to work and we?ll have room for expansion in the future,? she says. ?Our vision for the building is for it to become a small business hub with a suite of complementary services such as marketing and tech support.? Cody & James CPAs offers personalized professional accounting services for small businesses and acts as their accounting department, providing payroll, bookkeeping, tax filing, consulting, training, government remittances, and more. They will prepare a formal set of financial statements which are required for filing a corporation?s tax return, or for submission to the company?s bank, shareholders or investors. The business has won the People?s Choice award for accounting. James continues to offer her time and expertise to the business community. She was on the board and has been president of the Women?s Business Network, was on the board at Community Futures Peterborough as well as with the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce, and is the controller of Peterborough Economic Development. Cody & James CPAs has sponsored the Bears? Lair competition for the

?it?s important to support new business


past four years and they give a boot camp in accounting to the participants. ?I think it?s important to support new business in the area, and to that end I?ve also been involved in Startup Peterborough where I see so many new ideas for great products and services. If new business owners feel they?re weak in financial knowledge I?m happy to help where I can,? she says. James is personally committed to many community organizations, such as the Five Counties Children?s Centre and the United Way, where she was on the board for eight years. ?I have long been a supporter of the valuable work of the United Way and was honoured to be asked to chair their upcoming campaign,? she says. James has made connections with many fellow community builders through her many volunteer experiences. She is hoping to bring them all together in support of this year?s campaign. ?For us to be a really vibrant community, economic development needs to go hand in hand with support for social services,? she says.

Gwyneth James ? Cody & James CPAs

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